We’ve spoken to a wide selection of UK music publishers to find out which acts they’ll be getting behind next year. Read on for a comprehensive list of who’s going to be on their radar in 2013…
Paul Lambden, Director, Domino Publishing and Oval Music
For me, Solange is the one that will break out big next year. Beyonce’s lil’ sister has been collaborating with Domino Publishing’s Dev Hynes (Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion), who has produced the tracks to brilliant effect. Their soul-pop-funk jams have given a warm glow to the end of this year with the release of the True EP. The album to follow next year will take things to another level entirely. Also keep an eye out for Petite Noir, Fear of Men and Deaf Club, all of this parish.
Jon Handle, Director, Westbury Music
Our tip for 2013? That Lau will continue their journey from folk dominance to mainstream success (picture by Louise Bichan). In January they will go for their fourth BBC Radio 2 Best Folk Group award in six years, and latest album Race The Loser, having made top five lists in The Guardian, MOJO and fRoots, is also up for Best Album. December’s appearance on Later… with Jools Holland widened their audience, and with tours of the UK, Australasia and Japan on the horizon for the summer, plus an eclectic remix album in the works, 2013 looks to be the year of Lau.
Sharon Dean, Founder, Respect Music
Franco & the Dreadnought
Franco & the Dreadnought is the one for me (picture by Janine Simone). He is a true storyteller and his music can stride across most genres – whether it’s the acoustic Bulletproof, the drum n bass version of Last Man Standing, feat J Majik and Wickaman, or the supersonic speed of Aftermath – a song about teenage rebellion and disappointment. Desmond Tutu recently asked Franco to write a song celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. Archbishop Tutu presented the song Inyaniso (translation – ‘Truth’) as a gift to Mandela for his birthday.
Martin Dobson, Business Affairs/Licensing, Ninja Tune/Big Dada/Just Isn’t Music
Drawing on Bangalter-inflected house but giving it a rumble and wing, Letherette make infectious, beat-driven music which is as fun and unselfconscious as it is clever. Letherette have had two releases on the excellent Ho Tep Records, a couple of stunning remixes (for Machinedrum and Bibio) and boast support from the likes of Benji B and Gilles Peterson. Having recently released the stunning Featurette EP, they are now ready to make the musical leap to the big time in 2013.
There are few electronic producers out there who are more concerned with the minutiae of surface and texture than Lapalux, and still fewer who understand so well the deep effects that these textures can have upon the listener’s mood. In Lapalux’s productions, nothing is left to chance. He makes swooningly beautiful and disorientating music that never sits still for more than a moment. His debut album is out on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder in early 2013.
One of the most exhilarating, irreverent talents to emerge in recent years, he’s distinguished himself not just via his boundary bashing music, but also by his near-legendary club night, Hoya:Hoya. His DJ sets are filled with the same, fiercely genre-hopping singularity as his production, and are further evidence that he is the real deal. With new material to emerge in 2013, including a full length album, the future is looking highly… ahem, illuminated. Its industrial atmospherics, haunting melodics and effortless, boogie-like funk are everything that Illum Sphere is about.
Andy Godfrey, Vice President Copyright, BMG Chrysalis
Rock quartet Deaf Havana formed in 2005. Lead by the booming vocals of James Veck-Gilodi and backed by a rock solid rhythm section, the band are renowned for their energetic and infectious live sets. November 2011 brought the release of Fools And Worthless Liars. The summer of 2012 saw an opening slot at Reading Festival as well their own headline UK tour. 2013 brings the much anticipated An Evening with Deaf Havana Unplugged UK tour, having sold out major venues.
Naomi Asher, Director/Secretary, Wixen Music
Gemma Hayes is a fiercely independent singer songwriter with a dedicated worldwide fan base, she can lay claim to four critically acclaimed albums, an extensive list of film and TV syncs, not to mention a major national Christmas campaign in her native Ireland. Gemma spent 2012 touring her Let It Break album throughout Europe, turning in a smouldering cover of Wicked Games for US TV series Pretty Little Liars and headlining her own sold out shows at London’s Bush Hall and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. 2013 will see Gemma release a covers and collaborations EP and a much anticipated new studio album.
Gary Bhupsingh, Director of UK Administration, Sony/ATV
My tip for 2013 has to be Naughty Boy – definitely one of the UK’s hottest young writer-producers. His huge success as a collaborator for Emeli Sande (having 10 cuts on her debut album Our Version of Events including the two singles Heaven and Daddy) was just the start! Shahid’s first solo single Wonder, a collaboration with Emeli, was released in October and precedes his debut album Hotel Cabana, due next year. He has also been writing with Misha B, Cheryl Cole, Sugababes and Leona Lewis, as well as developing his side project, Chasing Grace, who have just been signed to Island – another one to watch!
Want more tips for 2013? Read DJ Eddy Temple-Morris’ top picks here